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One famous constellation appears in the SA skys in winter and another in summer. Which are they and what is the legend that goes with the appearance of one and disappearance of the other.

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:dance: Sitting this one out! Common guys! A few new persons to give an answer? :dance:

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My favourite summer constellation is Orion, so I guessed Orion for summer.

After some searching, I found the legend below:

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Orion was a hunter, which made the sun-god Apollo afraid that Orion would take advantage of his sister, Artemis (the goddess of the hunt). Apollo sent the scorpion, Scorpius, to attack Orion, but Orion escaped by jumping into the sea. Apollo, though, was smarter than the average god, and tricked Artemis into shooting at a dark spot on the waves in the sea, which killed Orion. Orion was then placed in the heavens where the scorpion (Scorpius) still pursues him.

So I guess Orion (summer) and Scorpius/Scorpio (winter).

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:clap: over to you Restio

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:clap: Nice one Restio.

Some more people to join? Don't be hesitant! We are all here to learn!

An easy one Restio ... :wink:

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Thanks, QM. :D Very relieved you asked for an easy one - I think that's all I can do. :lol:


What is the brightest star in the sky? What is an easy way to find it?

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I'll stay out of this one - someone else needs a turn.

good question restio

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The brightest star in the sky would be the sun.... You didn't say day or night :twisted:

At night it will be sirus
Sirus is part of the canis major constelation

To find it:
Look at orion
Betelgeuse would be the bottom-right red star
Rigel is at the top-left Find the belt of Orion and follow the line the 3 stars of the belt make up and then to the right from Orion, and you should see a very bright star... SIRUS :wink:


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Pilane wrote:
(...) and you should see a very bright star... SIRUS :wink:

Seeerius ?? :shock: Don't you mean SIRIUS ? :lol:

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I think he is serious! :wink:

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Of course I am seeerius when I say Sirus :D :D :D

BTW
There will be a total eclipse of the Moon on Feb 21st
The eclipse will start at 3:42am and ends 7:08am
The eclipse will be total from 5:00am to 5:50am.
The start and most of totality will be visible from South Africa


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Spot-on, Pilane! :clap: And extra marks for pointing out that I should have specified day or night. :lol:

Over to you....

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Ok lets look at the moooooeennn as a lunar eclipse is comming up... :D

True or false
The same area/ side of the moon is always facing the earth...

Tell us why you say true/ false
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I think true.

The Moon rotates at the same speed as it orbits the Earth. So in the time it takes the Moon to go around Earth, the Moon also spins about its axis one full revolution.

Had to google, but learnt something new :wink:

Thanks for the info about the eclipse :D


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